|Ezra and the foreign wives - Tim Bulkeley|
At the end of the book of Ezra there a horrid account of Ezra and the "officials" gang up to force Judeans who have married foreign women to divorce them and send away them and their children. What do we do with passages like this? And as part of our thinking on this, where DO our values come from? If they donât come from the Bible, then do we have to use values established elsewhere to "judge" Scripture? Many people today do just that...
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|The Perspicuity of Scripture (i) - Tim Bulkeley|
My tradition (the Baptist part of the Nonconformist or radical Reformation) has stressed the idea that Scripture is perspicuous, that the Bible is easy to understand, and that anyone can understand it â or at least grasp its essentials â without special training or equipment. Yet there are for sure some difficult passages. There are also passages that seem to flat out contradict other parts of the Bible...
Keywords: (ana)Baptist reading; Jesus; Reading; bible; interpretation; biblical studies